MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 31 August 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Better Than Seven Sons
TOPIC: Better Than Seven Sons (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 31 August 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 132-134; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Ruth 4:13-16
MEMORY VERSE: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” – 1 John 4:8
Nowadays, the media as well as the film industry is awash with stories of conflicts between daughters-in-law and their mothers-in-law. Some people now see it as strange occurrence for mothers-in-law and their daughters-in-law to love one another and be close friends. It is not strange. The Bible teaches that they ought to be close, just as Naomi and Ruth were.
In our Fire Scripture today, after Ruth had a male child for Boaz, the women said, “…Thy daughter in law which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.” What is quite striking here is that the women told Naomi that Ruth was better to her than seven sons. What does this mean and what are the lessons in this for us?
First, Ruth proved beyond reasonable doubt to be a trusted friend and companion to her mother-in-law. Her decision to cleave to Naomi and journey wirh her back to Bethlehem gave Naomi the fortitude to bear the loss of her two adult sons. Orpah bade Naomi goodbye but Ruth didn’t.
Second, Ruth was a woman of faith. When she said Naomi’s God would be her God and where Naomi went was where she would go, they had just suffered the loss of her husband and his brother and Naomi had lamented that the hand of God was against them. Outside faith, no one would want to go with the God that Naomi described to Ruth. On the other hand, Ruth saw light at the end of the tunnel. She chose to trust God and she was not ashamed.
Also, Ruth was a woman of good report. The good report she had, won the heart of Boaz who ended up as her husband and father of her child. Ruth 2:11 reads, “And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.” Relationship is about investing in others and adding value to their lives consistently. Ruth had risked her life to follow Naomi because she believed in Naomi’s God. She had sacrificed so much that Boaz prayed that the Lord God of Israel under whose wings she had come to trust would recompense her and give her full reward. It was a life-changing prayer and the God of Israel answered it.
Beloved, are you a daughter-in-law or a son-in-law? Can your parents-in-law and the people around them say that you are better than ten sons? Remember that Naomi had lost two adult sons and she thought it was all over, but God through Ruth did for her more than what ten sons would do for her. This befitting description of Ruth was borne out of the exceptional qualities she had and which made her one of the finest and greatest female characters in the Bible. I encourage you to emulate Ruth even as you relate with your in-laws. You will not miss your reward!
TRUE FRIENDS ARE MORE PRECIOUS THAN DIAMOND.
You will never lack true friends and destiny helpers.
1. O Lord, make me better than seven sons to my parents, in the name of Jesus.
2. O Lord, make me better than seven sons to my parents-in-law, in the name of Jesus.
3. I overcome the spirit of strife between me and my in-laws, in the name of Jesus.
4. Father, make me a good example of a Christian in marriage, career and ministry, in the name of Jesus.
5. Father, make me a true companion and friend to those who are sorrowful and troubled, in the name of Jesus.
6. Father, give me the Ruth kind of faith, in the name of Jesus.
7. Father, give me the Ruth kind of good report and testimonies, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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